NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — New Bern residents have chance to weigh in on a proposed roundabout Thursday.
The NCDOT is holding a meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. at Grover C. Fields Middle School, 2000 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Interested residents may attend at any time during the meeting, as no formal presentation will be made.
NCDOT representatives will be available to provide information and answer questions.
The opportunity to provide written comments will also be provided.
If you cannot attend but would like additional information or provide comments, you can contact NCDOT Project Manager Elizabeth Workman-Maurer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 854-6221 or at P.O. Box 1587, Greenville, N.C., 27835.
Comments can be submitted through Feb. 22.9 On Your side spoke with New Bern residents affected by the proposal Thursday afternoon ahead of the meeting. Payton said she thinks the roundabout would eliminate stop-and-go traffic.
“You will have a direction to go in traffic, and it really will make a lot of traveling better,” Payton said.
The intersection is by the Carolina East Medical Center
“We have had a couple of accidents right there at the hospital that were caused from people just weren’t attentive,” Payton said. “Traffic is bad.”
NCDOT said crashes have been reduced by almost half where roundabouts have been installed at intersections.
Other residents said they also think the proposed roundabout would prevent crashes and cut back congestion.
“The biggest thing is accidents because, I guess people get confused when to go,” Misty Fisher said. “I think it will help with the order of traffic, help people get to where they are going quicker so they will not have to wait for other cars.”
“Traffic is very busy and it backs up a lot during the typical lunch hour and after school” Audra Whitehurst added. “Just easier transition for everyone going into the hospital that work there and just so it will move faster.”
Payton said she hopes NCDOT can come up with a solution.
“If they continue to do what they say they are going to do, it will make it better for everybody,” Payton said.